Donaldson’s late-game fix in batting cage leads to homer

Josh Donaldson has homered in three of his last four games.

Josh Donaldson has homered in three of his last four games.

There are certain advantages to being a designated hitter, not the least of which is the time between plate appearances when you can polish your game.

For the most part, Josh Donaldson isn’t interested in those advantages. He’d rather be in the field at third base every day.

But when he launched his third homer in four games, a solo shot in the ninth inning of the A’s 3-0 win over the Mariners Sunday, he gave credit to the time the DH has available during the game.

“I went to the cage before that last at-bat,’’ Donaldson said. “I was trying to get my swing smoother and allow the ball to travel deep. When I try to pull the ball, that’s not what I want to be doing.’’

   There was no pulling the ball this time. With Oakland already holding a 2-0 lead, Donaldson tied into a Lucas Luetge pitch and lofted it into the right field seats for his third homer in the last four games.

“It’s always about making adjustments, and I was able to do that right there,’’ Donaldson said.

Expect to see Donaldson, who’d only been at third base before this, back at third for the first game of the series with the Angels in Anaheim Monday.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.